Just Between Us
by Drake, Rebecca

"Twisty and compelling [...] a terrific read." - Associated Press

"Compulsively readable... Just Between Us winds its roller-coaster plot around our tendency to see exactly what we are looking for-while our little lies take on dangerous lives of their own." - O, The Oprah Magazine

"A twisty, domestic thriller [...] tense, bombshell-laden, and action-packed." - Publishers Weekly

"Female friendships flourish, then falter, under the weight of chance events underlaid by secrecy and deceit [...] Drake shows a sure hand in spinning suburban thrillers." - Booklist

Four suburban mothers conspire to cover up a deadly crime in Just Between Us, a heart-stopping novel of suspense by Rebecca Drake.

Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They're as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.

Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather's wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she's been killed. But when that call finally comes, it's not Heather who's dead. In a moment they'll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they'll go to in order to help a friend.

Just Between Us is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person's mind, or in their marriage.

Rebecca Drake's latest novel, Just Between Us, will be released by St. Martin's Press on January 9th. Publisher's Weekly calls it a "twisty domestic thriller...tense, bombshell-laden, and action-packed." Rebecca is also the author of four other thrillers, Only Ever You, The Dead Place, The Next Killing and Don't Be Afraid. An instructor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, Rebecca lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two kids. Find more at RebeccaDrake.com and connect with her at facebook.com/rebecca.drake.writer and on
Twitter @AuthorRDrake.

Female friendships flourish, then falter, under the weight of chance events underlaid by secrecy and deceit. Four women meet when they drop off their children for preschool in their Pittsburgh suburb: Alison, an IT consultant who works from home; Julie, a high-powered real-estate agent; Sarah, a lawyer who's a stay-at-home-mom, and Heather, a former model and trophy wife of a prominent plastic surgeon. Soon they're a tight group. Their story, told in alternate (but sometimes indistinguishable) voices, starts when Alison spots a bad bruise on Heather's wrist and escalates to strong concerns on the part of the other three that Heather is the victim of domestic abuse. So when there's a murder, presumably committed in self-defense, the group races to deal with it by creating an intricate cover-up. The tangled web they weave takes its toll on their nerves and their concerned husbands, as they become victims themselves before critical secrets are unearthed. Drake, whose hardcover debut was Only Ever You (2016), shows a sure hand in spinning suburban thrillers, as in this example of chick-lit turned dark. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

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